2Methods of Collecting Data Experiments (causation)Observations (nope)Interviews/Surveys (nope)Case Studies (nope)
3ExperimentsAttempt to show a cause/effect relationship between two (or more) variables.Trying to prove that the independent variable (IV) causes a change in the dependent variable (DV).Anything that causes the DV to change that is not the IV is called a confounding variable.=
4Parts of an Experiment Control: remains constant Variable: 3 quantities that can change:1. Independent Variable (IV): the quantity scientists manipulate – what CAUSES the changeEX: “A pair of shoes makes you jump higher.”SHOES = the IV
52. Dependent Variable (DV): the change you are measuring EX: the amount higher you’ll jumpBoth variables must be measurable/operationalized3. Confounding Variable (CV): alternate causation (other than the IV) for the change in DVEX: drinking Red Bull before jumpingExperimenter’s goal = to control as many CVs as possibleX Y
6Causality Exercises Identify IV, DV, CVs Do these pieces show causality or not?
7LIVING TOGETHER LEADS TO DIVORCE Don’t live together if you want to stay married – so says a nationwide study of over 2,000 couples. The study found that couples that had lived together before getting married were 2.3 times as likely to get divorced as couples who had not lived together.
8COFFEE PERKS UP SEXIf you want to perk up your sex life, drink more coffee. That’s the suggestion of a study published recently in a leading health journal. Researchers found that couples who regularly drank coffee reported nearly three times as much sexual activity as couples who did not drink coffee. Coffee sales are expected to increase.
9SMALL COLLEGES DRIVE STUDENTS TO DRINK Parents around the country are withdrawing their children from small colleges. Their action comes after a release of a survey last week that found that students attending small colleges (less than 2,000 students) consumed an average of 7.2 alcoholic beverages a week. By comparison, those attending large schools (more than 20, 000 students) consumed an average of 4.5 alcoholic drinks. Parents speculated that the pressures of the small college environment were pushing their children to drink.
10BAGPIPES GIVE YOU MORE THAN AN EARACHE A survey has found that having a passion for the pipes is linked to alcoholism, and can contribute to the breakdown of players’ marriages. About 10% of players said their hobby had ended their marriages, while 84% knew pipers who were alcoholics.
11Experiments have hypothesis Research HypothesisNull HypothesisExpected outcome of the study.A change will occur.No change will occur.By the end of the experiment, you will reject one of these hypothesis.
12An experiment to measure the effects of caffeine on stress levels Independent VariableDependent VariableResearch HypothesisNull HypothesisPossible Confounding VariablesAmount of caffeine present in coffee given to participants.Scores on a stress questionnaire.Participants who are given a high dose of caffeine in a coffee drink will report higher levels of stress.There will be no difference in the amount of stress reported by participants who receive a high dose and those who receive no dose of caffeine.Caffeine in drinks participant has drunk before the experiment, feelings of stress from the experimental situation.